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Clabough, Jeremiah; Wooten, Deborah – Social Education, 2016
Steve Sheinkin's "The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights" recounts the explosion at a U.S. Navy base in the summer of 1944 that claimed 320 lives. It is also a story of African American resistance against prejudice, segregation, and injustice in the armed forces during World War II. The book was a 2015…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Civil Rights, African Americans, Racial Bias
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Arthurs, Seán – Social Education, 2015
How can educators immerse high school students in a real murder case investigation that will require them to draw upon and practice the critical thinking, literacy, and reasoning skill sets so highly valued under the Common Core, the C3 Framework and the 21st Century skills rubric? As an attorney and former high school teacher, the author knew…
Descriptors: High School Students, Social Studies, Learner Engagement, Inquiry
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Sperry, Chris – Social Education, 2014
High school social studies teachers are always struggling to "cover the content" while addressing an ever-expanding set of additional demands. The Common Core expects literacy instruction to be incorporated into social studies. NCSS's new C3 Framework emphasizes teaching students to ask questions, evaluate sources, and communicate…
Descriptors: War, Propaganda, Critical Viewing, Criticism
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Vesperman, Dean P.; Haste, Turtle; Alrivy, Stéphane – Social Education, 2014
One of the most persistent and controversial issues facing the global community is climate change. With the creation of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 1992 and the Kyoto Protocol (1997), the global community established some common ground on how to address this issue. However, the last several climate summits have failed…
Descriptors: Climate, Simulation, Class Activities, Teaching Methods
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Kumler, Lori M.; Vosburg-Bluem, Bethany – Social Education, 2014
Weather phenomena across the United States have provided heightened attention to climate change in headlines such as "Heavy Rain and Floods: The 'New Normal' with Climate Change?" ("Christian Science Monitor," Aug. 14, 2014); "Delay Action on Climate Change by 10 Years and Costs Rocket 40%"…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Climate, Class Activities, Classroom Techniques
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Potter, Lee Ann – Social Education, 2014
In this article, director of Educational Outreach at the Library of Congress Lee Ann Potter describes a classroom activity that focuses on an 1876 single-page circular published in Salem, Massachusetts about Alexander Melville Bell's Visible Speech. A. M. Bell's son, Alexander Graham Bell described "Visible Speech" as "a…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Speech Communication, Speech Skills, Visual Literacy
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Krutka, Daniel G. – Social Education, 2014
Waves of revolutionary actions beginning in late 2010 led to the downfall of dictatorial leaders who had been entrenched in the Arab world for decades. Everyday citizens used social media services to coordinate, communicate, expose, and respond to the oppressive forces that would crush pockets of resistance. The period known as the Arab Spring…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Electronic Publishing, Web Sites, Technology Uses in Education
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Lee, John; Friedman, Adam; Bolick, Cheryl Mason; Mink, Andy – Social Education, 2013
Once every 10 years, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) makes millions of U.S. census records available for use by eager historians and genealogists. The release of a new batch of census records is a highly anticipated event, but only for the select few who are able to access the published microfilm versions of the census.…
Descriptors: Census Figures, Class Activities, Government Publications, Electronic Publishing
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Bustard, Bruce; Potter, Lee Ann – Social Education, 2013
In 1971, the newly established Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created DOCUMERICA, a federal government photography project born out of the nation's environmental crisis. The photographers hired by the EPA took thousands of photographs depicting pollution, waste, and blight, but they were given the freedom to capture the era's…
Descriptors: Photography, Public Agencies, Environmental Influences, Pollution
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Schwinn, Steven D. – Social Education, 2013
This summer, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in "Shelby County v. Holder" that Congress had exceeded its Fifteenth Amendment enforcement authority when it reauthorized a part of the Voting Rights Act (a coverage formula) that forced places with a history of discrimination to get federal approval before making changes to their election laws.…
Descriptors: Voting, Civil Rights, Civil Rights Legislation, Court Litigation
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Roncone, John; Newhalfen, Nate – Social Education, 2013
Classroom projects that explore culture and globalization enhance the curriculum and help students see how geography directly connects to their lives. These authors contend that a project-based approach can supplement the teaching of an AP Human Geography course, and visualize this course as an essential tool for students to truly understand how…
Descriptors: Human Geography, Geography Instruction, Advanced Placement, Tests
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Fernandez, Luis Martinez – Social Education, 2013
The topics of Columbus's voyages of exploration, the first encounters between Amerindians and Europeans, and the ensuing collision of their respective worlds provide ample opportunities for creative and stimulating pedagogical approaches that go beyond the stale memorization of dates, places, and names. This essay and accompanying classroom…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, United States History, American Indian History, Intergroup Relations
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Bosshardt, William; Lopus, Jane S. – Social Education, 2013
Guilds are defined as associations of craftsmen and merchants formed to promote the economic interests of their members as well as to provide protection and mutual aid. As both business and social organizations, guilds were prolific throughout Europe between the eleventh and sixteenth centuries. Guilds were organized so that workers would learn…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Apprenticeships, Unions, Standards
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Ellington, Lucien – Social Education, 2013
In this article, the author presents a truer picture than economic historians have previously had of the economies of Tokugawa Japan, and Britain during the Industrial Revolution. Though substantially different, both societies were prosperous compared to most of the rest of the world. Japan's economic success began in the Tokugawa period…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Economics, Industrialization, Fiscal Capacity
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Wolla, Scott – Social Education, 2013
The rise of China, as well as any of the emerging economies, has much to offer students and teachers of social studies--especially in the fields of history and economics. Traditionally, history education in the United States has emphasized Western civilization and provided instruction for educators with that end in mind. In an era of increased…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Social Studies, History Instruction, Economics
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